Four people, including two paramedics, were sent to the hospital early Sunday following a crash involving a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance and a pickup truck in the San Fernando Valley.
The ambulance was responding to a medical emergency when it was struck broadside by a civilian pickup truck at the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Road around 12:35 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the LAFD.
The truck veered into a utility pole, and the two men inside “were badly trapped in the wreckage of their severely damaged truck before being freed by a team of LAFD responders,” officials said. The men were taken to a nearby trauma center in critical condition.
The two paramedics were able to free themselves from the ambulance, despite minor to moderate injuries. They were taken to a nearby hospital in fair condition.
The accident is being treated as a possible DUI, officials said.
The medical emergency that the ambulance had been responding to was successfully handled by another crew, the fire department said.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.